There’s an increasingly pronounced paradox in Phoenix with respect to the franchise’s off-ice direction and it’s on-ice product.
While more and more reports indicating the Coyotes are bleeding bucks surface, the young team has bound together and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Captain Shane Doan is having a terrific year, while an assortment of high draft picks are gaining valuable experience and making noticeable contributions.
A key factor down the home stretch will be the play of Olli Jokinen. The big center missed six games with an upper-body injury earlier this season and hasn’t produced to his point-per-game potential while in the lineup.
A spike in his output and improved results on the power play would go a long way in helping Phoenix nail down a post-season berth.
Have won six in a row to reclaim top spot in the power rankings
Reports indicate Patrice Bergeron's concussion isn't nearly as serious as the one he sustained last year
With a 1.87 GAA, .927 save percentage and a 9-1-1 record, Brian Boucher has to be the best goalie who's clearly No. 2 on his team
Daymond Langkow has picked up his play of late, notching 14 points in his past 10 games
Line of Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Tom Kostopoulos has really stepped up with injured bodies out of the lineup
After signing Cristobal Huet away from Washington, do you think the Hawks could peddle Nikolai Khabibulin to the goalie-starved Caps? The veteran Russian has been awesome this year
Philly is getting a nice year from Scott Hartnell, who is on pace for a career-high 58 points
It's just hard to believe Brent Johnson and Jose Theodore can carry this team in the playoffs
Anaheim, along with Colorado, hasn't lost a game it led after two periods this season
Have to be excited by a potential 20-goal campaign from 23-year-old Ryan Callahan
Brendan Shanahan will be 40 before month's end, but his shot can still help a power play
Both Ilya Bryzgalov (.916) and Mikael Tellqvist (.913) have healthy save percentages
Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who'll be on the move at some point, would be a nice addition to the league's worst power play
Racking up some wins against soft teams, but need to prove they can beat the big boys, too
Ryan Miller has won four of his past five starts despite seeing an average of almost 37 shots per game over that span
Right now, Ray Whitney is the only Cane on pace to hit 70 points this season
Mats Sundin has watched two game-winners scored against the Canucks from the penalty box
It seemed Marc-Andre Fleury really turned a corner last spring, but he's fighting the puck once again
Andrew Raycroft's seven-game winning streak has Avs back in the playoff hunt
Special teams continue to be a strength, but Wild are being outscored in 5-on-5 situations
In his first game as an Oiler, Ryan Potulny picks up two assists in a 2-1 win over St. Louis
Team has improved, no doubt, but still hasn't fully clicked into gear
If Vincent Lecavalier goes on the block, the Bolts have to hit a home run on the deal
The Kings' winning percentage when falling behind after one period is .105
Great to see little Stevie Sullivan back playing after nearly two full years on the sidelines
Coach Andy Murray knows his team is short on talent, but isn't happy with inconsistent efforts
If the bottom is indeed falling out, it's the best thing that could happen to Toronto
Thrashers still don't know what to expect from Kari Lehtonen on a nightly basis
This season has left the coach looking like Craig 'Broken' Hartsburg
Rick DiPietro has missed three straight games with swelling in his knee; in other news, the sun is expected to rise tomorrow
The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.
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